WPSU to hold radio show about alcohol issues

Penn State Public Broadcasting will hold a live radio event/community forum that will address solutions to the issue of excessive and underage drinking in the Penn State and State College communities. “Exploring Solutions to Drinking Culture” will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, in the WPSU lobby at Innovation Park on Penn State's University Park campus. This is a live radio event; those who plan to attend should arrive in time to be seated by 6:45 p.m.

Panelists for the show include:

  • -- Damon Sims, vice president for community affairs, Penn State
  • -- Lou Ann Evans, Care Partnership: Centre Region Communities That Care
  • -- Max Wendkos, Penn State student/president of the Intrafraternity Council
  • -- Tom Kurtz, assistant manager for State College Borough
  • -- Chief Tom King, State College Police

The event is free and open to the public; State College residents and Penn State students are encouraged to attend. For those who are listening to the radio at home, members of the panel will take comments and questions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. by e-mail at radiolive@psu.edu, text message at 814-422-3095, and chat at http://wpsu.org/drinking online.

“Many people would like to be involved in the discussion but can't attend a meeting on a particular date,” said Cynthia Berger, the director of news and public affairs programming for WPSU-FM. “By having a series of community conversations, and by including new media as a way to exchange ideas, leaders who are coordinating the effort to address this issue can reach the widest possible audience.”

This radio discussion is part of a series of forums that have highlighted tensions in State College because of the crime, property damage and personal injuries associated with excessive drinking, as well as the cost to the community in police and other public safety services.

Moderated by Berger, "Exploring Solutions to a Drinking Culture" will allow listeners to voice their opinions and offer solutions to the problem of excessive and underage drinking. The panelists also will address the challenges of implementing the strategies.

To get to the WPSU Studio at the Outreach Building, take Innovation Park exit A from Park Avenue and turn right onto Innovation Boulevard. The Outreach Building at is on the right, at 100 Innovation Blvd.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

Last Updated April 27, 2010